How To Get Your Employees Motivated and Productive

Motivating your employees is difficult with the constant squeeze on profits and time that every company is under. As the recession fades and another phase of the economy starts, bosses and owners need to look at ways to reward employees that don’t break the bank.

1. A true open door policy – Many companies give lip service to the idea that the office doors are open and employees will be heard, but most often, it doesn’t work out that way. The employee walks in, sits down, talks and is forgotten as soon as they leave the room. Learn to really listen closely to your employees. Their ideas should be your ideas and their concerns, your concerns.

2. Bring your dog to work day – Lots of people are dog owners. Consider a bring your dog to work day. Some companies allow their employees to bring their dogs to work every day. They have proven that those people are happier and more productive because they have their best friend at their feet all day.

3. Casual dress days – Being able to come in to work in jeans and a t-shirt can make your staff feel more human. No one wears their suit and tie on a Saturday out shopping with the family. Let your people wear their favorite clothes to work. They get to show a bit of themselves to their co-workers and you.

4. Flex time – This idea doesn’t really work every where, but it can work in most offices where the work can be done at various times during the day. The motivation for employees is that they are able to adjust their work to the needs of their lives. Getting the kids on the bus or off later in the day or simply being able to sleep a little later in the morning, can make all the difference in the world.

5. Telecommuting – Lots of jobs can be done, at least part of the time, from home. Whether it’s filling out forms, responding to email or making phone calls to clients, there are dozens of jobs that can be done from home. Arranging for staff to work from home either for full days or for parts of days can make a huge difference in their job satisfaction and employee morale.

“People are wonderfully complex,” the O.C. Tanner website reminds us. Employee rewards programs don’t need to be expensive, but they should be well thought out.

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